Chemical Abundance Analysis of Three α-poor, Metal-poor Stars in the Ultrafaint Dwarf Galaxy Horologium I

Nagasawa, D Q and Marshall, J L and Desai, Shantanu et. al. (2018) Chemical Abundance Analysis of Three α-poor, Metal-poor Stars in the Ultrafaint Dwarf Galaxy Horologium I. The Astrophysical Journal, 852 (2). p. 99. ISSN 1538-4357

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Abstract

We present chemical abundance measurements of three stars in the ultrafaint dwarf galaxy Horologium I, a Milky Way satellite discovered by the Dark Energy Survey. Using high-resolution spectroscopic observations, we measure the metallicity of the three stars, as well as abundance ratios of several α-elements, iron-peak elements, and neutron-capture elements. The abundance pattern is relatively consistent among all three stars, which have a low average metallicity of [Fe/H] ~ −2.6 and are not α-enhanced ([α/Fe] ~ 0.0). This result is unexpected when compared to other low-metallicity stars in the Galactic halo and other ultrafaint dwarfs and suggests the possibility of a different mechanism for the enrichment of Hor I compared to other satellites. We discuss possible scenarios that could lead to this observed nucleosynthetic signature, including extended star formation, enrichment by a Population III supernova, and or an association with the Large Magellanic Cloud.

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Desai, Shantanuhttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-0466-3288
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: galaxies, abundances, galaxies, dwarf, stars, abundances, stars, chemically peculiar
Subjects: Physics
Divisions: Department of Physics
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2019 11:51
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2019 11:51
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/4977
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aaa01d
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